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haskapa named as title sponsor for the Tropic 4 Cancer transatlantic challenge

Posted on September 4th, 2013

haskapa is a unique juice made in Nova Scotia from Haskap berries. Haskaps are small oval berries, often likened in shape to an elongated Blueberry. Haskap berries have a dark blue skin and an intense crimson flesh. Their unique taste is likened to a combination of Blueberry and Raspberry with a hint of Elderberry.

Haskap berries contain high levels of anthocyanins, vitamin C, phenolic compounds and other antioxidants. They have been used widely in folk medicine in northern Russia, China and Japan since ancient times. In recent years, phenolic compounds present in fruit crops, especially berries, have gained much attention due to the accumulating scientific evidence of their potential health benefits.*

Haskap berries also contain traces of selenium, the element said in Japanese folklore to restore youth. Charmingly, the word Haskap in Japanese means ‘little present at the end of the branch’.

The Haskaps will be a fantastic source of nutrition and energy during the Tropic 4 Cancer transatlantic challenge. Richard will be drinking a daily ration of Haskap juice and his diet will include a regular portion of dried berriesFor more information on haskapa and the Haskap berry, please visit the website:

* Haskap (Lonicera caerulea):A new berry crop with high antioxidant capacity, H. P. Vasantha Rupasinghe. 2012